UFC 254 LIVE REACTION: Khabib RETIRES, McGregor responds, champ ‘had suffered BROKEN foot and toes’ just WEEKS ago – The Sun

UFC 254 LIVE REACTION: Khabib RETIRES, McGregor responds, champ ‘had suffered BROKEN foot and toes’ just WEEKS ago – The Sun

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has RETIRED from UFC after beating Justin Gaethje by submission at UFC 254.

Khabib went to 29-0, and after paying an emotional tribute to his late father he said that he will now call it a day from the UFC before dropping his gloves.

While UFC boss Dana White has shockingly revealed Khabib had suffered a "broken foot and broken toes" just THREE weeks ago.

Follow ALL of the reaction below…

  • James Orr

    KHABIB'S SPEECH

    Khabib's post-fight speech from inside the Octagon as he announced his retirement…

    “Today, I want to say this is my last fight.

    “When UFC called me about Justin, I spoke with my mother and I said I wouldn't fight without father.

    “And if I give my word, then I must follow it. UFC must make me No1 pound for pound fighter in the world, because I deserve it.

    “I want to say thank you to Lorenzo and Dana.

    “All this UFC team, everybody, they made a great show.

    “Thank you to Justin, thank you brother. I know how you take care of your people.

    “One day something will happen for you, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.

    “Today is my last fight here in the UFC.”

  • James Orr

    McGREGOR'S MESSAGE

    Khabib's former foe Conor McGregor was quick to send on a message to the Russian star after he announced his retirement last night.

    And in his message McGregor also confirmed he is not retired too. Notorious is expected to face Dustin Poirier early next year.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    'NUMBERS DON'T LIE'

    Jon Jones has rejected Khabib Nurmagomedov’s claim he is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

    The UFC lightweight champion stretched his unbeaten record as a pro to 29-0 in MMA on Saturday night with victory over Justin Gaethje.

    Many felt it was ‘The Eagle’s’ biggest test yet as he took on the American at UFC 254 on Fight Island.

    But the Dagestani fighter left everyone in no doubt who the top dog was as he needed less than ten minutes to see off the man dubbed ‘The Highlight’.

    Khabib, 32, shocked everybody afterwards by announcing his retirement from MMA.

    That is despite him being linked with mega-money matches against old foe Conor McGregor or his hero Georges St. Pierre.

    Inside the octagon after his latest win, he said: “There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it

    However, the current P4P king Jones quickly refuted Khabib’s request.

    Writing on Twitter, he wrote: “Until I take that heavily crown, I grant you the spot. Enjoy Champ.”

    He then tweeted: “15 world titles, numbers don't lie.”

    ‘Bones’ then wrote: “I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career.

    “I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today.

    “May God continue to bless him on his journey.”

    The American then added: “Definitely a powerful moment, but my logic is definitely not clouded.”

  • James Orr

    NURM THE PAIN

    Khabib pleaded 'be close to your parents' as he paid tribute to his late father after his win over Justin Gaethje.

    The undefeated Russian submitted his opponent by triangle choke in the second round of their lightweight bout on Fight Island.It was Khabib's first fight since the death of his father and trainer, Abdulmanap, in July.

    After his sensational victory, he dropped to the ground in tears before he announced his retirement.

    And speaking to Gaethje after the fight, he urged the American to cherish his parents.

    He said: “Thank you so much Justin. In 2016 I remember, when I cut weight, you helped me a lot. Thank you brother.

    “I know you're a great man and I know how you take care of your close people.

    “I know lots of things about you.

    “Be close to your parents because one day it's going to happen.

    “You never know what's going to happen tomorrow, you never know.”

  • James Orr

    JUST-IN TIME

    Justin Gaethje has revealed what he said to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the octagon after his loss.

    The American, 31, was choked out in the second round of the lightweight showdown on Fight Island.

    After his win, Khabib dropped to the ground in tears before he announced his retirement.

    Gaethje consoled the Russian in the middle of the octagon just moments after he had regained consciousness.

    And the 31-year-old told his opponent he was sorry for the loss of his father who sadly passed away in July.

    He said: “I haven't had a chance to tell you, but I'm so sorry for your loss. You've just made your father very proud.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    NEWS JUST IN

    Justin Gaethje has spoken to the media after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedoc.

    ‘The Highlight’ said: “I felt alive, that's why I stepped in here man.

    “My endorphins have been released. Khabib did what he had to do.

    “He made his father so proud.

    “I fight for a living, the best thing about being choked out is that there's nothing consequential to your health.

    “I said I had five wars left and I haven't had one since I said that.

    “Six to eight weeks I want to fight again.”

  • James Orr

    PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

    Magomed Ankalaev picked up an extra $50k and shared the award with Khabib for his destruction Ion Cutelaba. 

    He floored Cutelaba with a punch early and kept him there with solid ground and pound.

    And he claimed the win via TKO in the final seconds of the first.

  • James Orr

    PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

    Khabib Nurmagomedov earned an extra $50k for his stunning second round victory over Gaethje. 

    Despite what he says, hopefully this is not the last we have seen of ‘The Eagle’ in the octagon.

  • James Orr

    FIGHT OF THE NIGHT

    Both Nathaniel Wood and Casey Kenney pocketed an extra $50k for their thrilling war.

    Their showdown took place on the prelims.

    And after an entertaining showdown, it was Wood who got the decision via the judges.

  • James Orr

    BONUS BOOST

    Dana White has revealed the bonuses for UFC 254 – and Khabib Nurmagomedov was one of those to walk out forty grand richer.

    The latest UFC pay-per-view extravaganza from the Middle East took place on Fight Island on Saturday night.

  • James Orr

    KHABIB SPEAKS

    Khabib has just posted on Instagram alongside a picture of his late father Abdulmanap.

    He wrote: “When ALLAH with you, nobody can broke you, nobody.

    “Thanks Father for everything, you teach all my life, may ALLAH grant you the highest Paradise.”

  • James Orr

    SCORECARDS

    Justin Gaethje was WINNING on UFC 254 scorecards before Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted him with triangle choke

  • James Orr

    RONALDO TRIBUTE

    Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Khabib following his retirement following the main event of UFC 254.

    Juventus superstar Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “Congrats bro! Your father is proud of you.”

  • James Orr

    TOE WAY

    Dana White's post-fight revelation that Khabib had suffered two broken toes and a bone in his foot just THREE weeks ago.

    The UFC president said: “We are all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight because apparently he was in the hospital with a broken foot three weeks ago.

    “I think he has two broken toes and a bone in his foot broken, that’s what his corner told me.

    “He never told anyone, was just walking around as normal, he is one of the toughest human beings on the planet.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    RECORD-SETTER

    Khabib retires with a perfect, unblemished MMA record, and a bunch of other records too.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    HISTORY

    Khabib made it to second place in this storied list of fighters.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    ROGAN HAILS KHABIB

    Joe Rogan has posted on Instagram that Khabib is the GOAT.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    DIAZ SPEAKS

    Nate Diaz has comically had his say on Khabib's retirement following his UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    JONES LOANS NO 1 SPOT

    Jon Jones says that he will grant Khabib the No 1 P4P spot until he wins a title at heavyweight.

    “15 world titles, numbers don’t lie. Until I take that heavily crown, I grant you the spot. Enjoy Champ,” he wrote on Twitter.

    “I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career. I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today. May God continue to bless him on his journey.

    “Definitely a powerful moment, but my logic is definitely not clouded.”

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    GAETHJE TALKS

    “I haven't had the chance to tell you, but I'm so sorry for your loss,” he told Khabib after the fight.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    FULL CIRCLE

    What a career to look back on for Khabib Nurmagomedov.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    TRIANGLE CHOKE

    Here's that finish from Khabib Nurmagomedov.

  • matt.penn@thesun.co.uk

    GAETHJE NEXT FIGHT?

    Let's take a look at some next fight options for Justin Gaethje.

    • Tony Ferguson II – El Cucuy needs an opponent and Gaethje wants to fight soon. Why not run it back?
    • Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier winner – These two are supposedly fighting in January. Gaethje could fight the winner for the UFC lightweight title.
    • Michael Chandler – The former Bellator man has just signed with the UFC and was a stand-in opponent for tonight.

    POETRY IN MOTION

    Khabib was utterly dominant in his victory over Justin Gaethje tonight at UFC 254.

    CONOR'S COACH

    Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has had his say on Khabib's retirement from MMA.

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